June 20, 2015 -
It's probably no coincidence that the Charleston church shootings came in the midst of a burgeoning movement for black freedom, as there's always violent backlash when black people rise up. The tragedy is a clear reminder that the struggle against institutional racism must continue with fierce urgency.
June 11, 2015 -
A new paper from the NAACP and the think tank Demos looks at how the retail industry contributes to racial inequality by failing to meet the needs of black and Latino workers — a big concern for the South's retail-intensive economy.
May 29, 2015 -
Why was the killing of an African-American man by a white police officer in a South Carolina city met with such a different response than similar tragedies in the North and Midwest? Camera footage made a difference, but so did the years-long building of a community of resistance.
March 13, 2015 -
The manager of a grocery store in Virginia was unfairly targeting African-American workers for discipline. When a union member stood up and fought the mistreatment, she not only fixed the managerial problem but strengthened the union.
March 9, 2015 -
Viola Liuzzo died for her convictions in the 1960s freedom movement, and is the only white woman honored on the Civil Rights Memorial. But few know her story -- and why authorities conspired to keep her from being known as a hero.
January 15, 2015 -
The Bible instructs us to "love the stranger," but migrants probably won't be feeling much love this year in Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant is up for re-election, and he has built his political career in part on demonizing undocumented migrant workers.
December 5, 2014 -
The August hanging death of a black teen in a small North Carolina town was quickly ruled a suicide, but the conclusion is being challenged by the victim's family and an independent pathologist hired by the N.C. NAACP. The incident is the latest in a disturbing series of hangings of black men that have some wondering whether lynchings have continued into the post-civil rights era.
December 2, 2014 -
Edward Baptist's rigorously researched book interweaves economic analysis of the slave trade and the production that came from it with heartbreaking stories of the lives and suffering of the people who were enslaved.